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Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE) Adele Lewis Grant Fellowship

Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE) Adele Lewis Grant Fellowship


Adele Gerard Lewis was born in 1881 in Carpinteria, CA. She received her B.S. at the University of California, Berkeley and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was later an assistant professor. She also taught in the botany department at Cornell University, and was a lecturer and chairman of botany at Huguenot University College in South Africa. She returned to California and taught at San Francisco State College, the University of Southern California (University College) and at George Pepperdine College. She was much in demand as a lecturer in Teachers’ Institutes on different aspects of nature study. She became Supervisor of Science in the Los Angeles County Schools after retiring from the University of Southern California


Dr. Grant was primarily a botanist, with her main contributions in the taxonomy and morphology of the genus Mimulus(monkey-flowers) and its relatives. However, she was well-trained in ornithology and was much interested in marine life. She was a most stimulating lecturer, and her complete dedication to elicit enthusiasm from students of all ages in science was contagious in its effect on other teachers


Dr. Grant was the chief force behind the formation of Sigma Delta Epsilon, apparently taking her inspiration from Gamma Alpha, the fraternity for graduate men. She was one of SDE’s founders at Cornell University in 1921 (and was that chapter’s first president, before it joined with the chapter in Madison, WI to become a national organization). She served againas the national president (in 1924) and as president of Alpha Chapter in 1925. She was an ardent supporter of the fraternity ever since its establishment, devoting particular energy to the beginning and nurturance of the fellowships funds. She was an active member of Tau Chapter in Southern California from the time it was founded. She died June 19, 1969, in Los Angeles. In honor of Dr. Grant for her commitment to SDE/GWIS throughout her life, the highest scoring fellowship winner is named the Adele Lewis Grant Fellowship Winner.


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